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Are you aware of the new occupational health and safety accord?

by , 23 February 2015
Regarding the new occupational health and safety accord, Irene Louw of the Business Day reported, in 2002, that a new occupational health and safety accord was signed by representatives of business, labour and government, committing themselves to minimise workplace injury and to securing a healthy and safe workplace.


On this subject, it is important for you to note that Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana, said that "The socioeconomic damage of health and safety incidents and fatalities on enterprises, the workers and their families, as well as the entire society, have reached the levels where the social partners deemed it proper and fitting to find a common solution and co-operative approach to the problem", as Lucky Moloi presents the information provided by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

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You should also know that the intention of the new occupational health and safety accord is to "debunk the misconception that occupational health and safety is the sole responsibility of government", said Congress of SA Trade Unions second vice-president Joyce Pekane.

Moreover, as the same source reports, the ultimate responsibility rested with the employers. This means that the accord strives to realise:

- the ideals of a healthy and safe working environment;
- the development of best practices in occupational health and safety
- the elimination of incidents and fatalities in the workplace.

Do not that the accord embraces the principles enshrined in ILO Convention 155 and ILO Convention 176.
 
It is important for you to be aware of the fact that although we have one of the best legislation in the world, many South African industries kill and maim thousands of people each year.

Employers, on one hand, need an incentive to maintain healthy work environment, however, policing is not the answer, as the previously mentioned source explains.


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